Half-Moon Christmas Cookies Recipe

Half-Moon Christmas Cookies Recipe
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Half-Moon Christmas Cookies
Tracey Mumford

Half-Moon Christmas Cookies

These easy-to-make Christmas cookies are a must for any holiday get-together. Or better yet, leave these for Santa with a glass of warm milk and you might just get a little extra something under the tree.

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12
Servings
805
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the frosting

  • 1 1/2 cup Crisco
  • One 3 ½-ounce envelope Dream Whip
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cups warm water
  • 2 pounds confectioners’ sugar
  • Few drops of food coloring

For the cookies

  • 1 cup butter, melted, plus more for greasing
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

For the frosting

In a bowl, whip together the Crisco and Dream Whip. Mix in the remaining ingredients and beat for 5 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Add some food coloring to make them festive for the holidays.

For the cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and eggs together. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, then add the milk and vanilla extract. Mix until all lumps are gone. 

Grease a cookie sheet with butter, and spoon the dough (about 1 teaspoon per cookie) onto the sheet, leaving enough space between them for them to spread during baking. Place in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before frosting. Serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
39g
56%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
9g
38%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
116g
89%
Protein
13g
28%
Vitamin A, RAE
35µg
5%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
110mg
11%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
21g
84%
Folate, total
79µg
20%
Iron, Fe
9mg
50%
Magnesium, Mg
46mg
14%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
172mg
25%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
480mg
32%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
87g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Christmas Cookie Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Christmas Cookie Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.